Troy, New York – Boys signing up to play basketball with the Capital District Raptors, an AAU basketball team, learned to do more than guard other players – they’ll actually learn how to save lives. Members of the Sand Lake Ambulance trained the team’s coaches weeks before and the group decided to train all players ages 9 through 17. Training took place at the Troy Boys and Girls Club at 1700 7th Ave. in Troy from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30p.m. on Saturday, March 16, to teach Hands-Only CPR to about 100 young men between 5th grade and 11th grade.
“Organizationally, we are dedicated to helping our young basketball players mature into young men that will give back to their communities,” said Larry Senior, President,of the Capital District Raptors). “We thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to help provide our youngsters valuable training that may help them save someone’s life one day.”
“We know that students can learn effective bystander CPR,” said Robbie MacCue, a paramedic and CPR Instructor with the Sand Lake Ambulance. MacCue has helped train more than 1600 students at Averill Park School District. MacCue also volunteers with the American Heart Association in helping to pass the CPR in Schools bill.
“Nearly 400,000 people suffer out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest each year,” MacCue said. “Most of those happen in the home, and having CPR performed doubles or triples the chances of survival. We really need to create a generation of lifesavers, and today over 100 basketball players learned this important skill.”
“Hands-Only CPR can be taught in one or two class periods if taught in a high school. On Saturday, the Sand Lake Ambulance taught the ball players this lifesaving skill in half an hour,” said Howard Carr, chair of the Capital Region Advisory Board. “We know that students have saved lives, and we commend both the ambulance company and the Raptors for empowering these young men to learn how to save a life.”
An incredible story about two kids who learned CPR by reading a poster in the cafeteria AND then jumped in to help save a woman’s 12 week old baby! It’s been known that effective CPR can reverse infants and children who stop breathing or their heart stops.
Just another case of how incredibly easy it is if you take the time to learn CPR.
We all hear the stories and wonder what it may be like to die, here’s someone who died at the age of 21 and was brought back to life.
Written by the survivor himself, Sasha MacKinnon, as he recounts his experience pieced together by stories others have had to tell him about the event.
It’s another successful case of bystander CPR, early defibrillation and the relatively new therapeutic hypothermia science that is causing almost ten times the amount of SCA survivors to have another chance at life.
Thankfully, all of the “links” in the chain of survival were in place that day. Are you ready, prepared and know what to do if your best friend of loved one suddenly collapses? You could be their only hope. [Read this survivor's full story]
May 5, 2012: Interview on Real Conversations about new CPR. Robbie MacCue, local paramedic and CPR instructor, along with two local sudden cardiac arrest survivors Michelle Haller, of Loudonville, and John Mazur of Rotterdam. Watch the whole episode and learn about NEW CPR.
An amazing group of NY crossfit athletes (of Boomtown Crossfit, Rochester NY) sprung into action to save a fellow member with nearly 15 minutes of CPR. While it does not sound like an AED was available at the gym, EMS responders were able to restart his heart on the 3rd shock with a defibrillator. Reports say it was almost a 15 minute response before an ambulance arrived on scene and the bystanders were able to keep blood flowing with high quality chest compressions so that 41 year old David DeMersman will make a full recovery. Great work Boomtown Crossfit!
“13.8 miles, 3000+ feet of elevation to sit on top of the world (really Glacier National Park on the continental divide). I’ve had an awesome journey. Thank you to everyone who made it possible!! – Michelle”
Happy Third Anniversary to Michelle Haller (of Loudonville, NY) who had a sudden cardiac arrest three years ago today at the age of 45 while playing soccer.
Michelle is a wife, a mom and a strong advocate for CPR awareness. Thanks to bystander CPR, Colonie EMS crews & Albany Medical Center staff, she continues to live life to the fullest!
Her story is one of inspiration, of hope and of just how far CPR survival has come. Every piece of the survival ‘puzzle’ fit into place that evening to get those results. It started years ago with planning, training and the results showed true that evening.
Bravo to everyone involved! Best wishes to Michelle and her family!
No, it wasn’t John Travolta (although he does come to mind when thinking about doing CPR). It was Dr. Gordon Ewy (pronounced A-Vee) who has been on a mission to transform people’s perception of CPR and empower them to take action. That means more lives are being saved at a rate that most still do not fully realize.